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Virginia Highway Safety Office News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
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Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

DMV Urges Motorists to Routinely Check Vehicle Recall Notices
Millions under Recall for Defective Airbags

RICHMOND - In light of a recent advisory from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding defective airbags, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' (DMV) Highway Safety Office is reminding motorists to routinely check for recalls on their vehicles.

Last month, NHTSA urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to "act immediately" on recall notices to replace defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation.

For vehicle owners who have not received notices, NHTSA recommends checking the vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether your vehicle is subject to the recalls. If so, owners should contact their local dealer or the manufacturer for interim guidance until the recall notice arrives in the mail.

According to NHTSA, millions of vehicles in the United States are currently included in the recalls, which have occurred in recent years.

To check for any outstanding recalls on your vehicle, get your VIN and visit NHTSA's recall lookup site, http://www.safercar.gov/vinlookup. You can also call NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 1(888) 327-4236.

A complete list of affected makes and models can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action

"Consider this part of the routine maintenance of your vehicle," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "Get in a habit of checking for recalls and, if you find one that affects you, get it fixed right away. NHTSA has asked those affected by this particular recall to immediately get airbags replaced. The potential dangers warrant swift action as a precaution."

Airbags are designed to be used with seatbelts and, when used correctly, help reduce death and serious injury. However, never place a rear-facing infant in front of an active passenger front airbag. All children under the age of 13 should be correctly restrained in the back seat.

You can find out additional information on the recall process at http://www.safercar.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/Recalls-FAQ.pdf. Vehicle owners can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts to learn about new recalls prior to the manufacturers mailing recall notices to affected owners. Receive recall alerts on Apple devices, Android devices, RSS feed, or Email.

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